Blount County Businesswomen-- will host Samantha Roberts at their luncheon on Dec. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church Maryville. Her topic is “Obstacles Ahead” and she will share personal stories of how prayer and faith sustain us during stressful times. The cost is $7 per person and includes a catered lunch by Subs & Such. Registration must be received by Dec. 7. For more information call 865-982-5531.
Lost Cajuns of East Tennessee-- social dinner is Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Bayou Bay Seafood located at 7117 Chapman Hwy. Please R.S.V.P. to 865-748-7122. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace Notes Flute Choir Christmas Concert will be Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library in the rotunda.
Blount County Historic Trust Open House and Luncheon -- is Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cades Cove/Thompson-Brown House Museumat 1004 and 1006 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. The menu for the fourth annual luncheon consists of soups, chili, sandwiches, assorted cheeses, desserts and beverages. There is no charge for lunch but donations are greatly appreciated.
Blount Mansion presents a holiday open house--on Saturday, Dec. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. at 200 W. Hill Ave. featuring the Concord Hand Bell and Brass Ensemble, wassail, holiday treats, children’s activities and free tours of Blount Mansion. For more information call 865-525-2375 or visit www.blountmansion.org.
The Cumberland Playhouse Players-- will be performing their hit Christmas play “A Sander’s Family Christmas” on Thursday, Dec 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church on Old Niles Ferry Road. The show is sponsored by the Faithful Men of Fairview United Methodist Church who will perform at 7 p.m. All funds will go towards supporting their mission work in Latvia. The community is invited. For more information visit www.ccplayhouse.com.
Police department will hold rape aggression defense course - free of charge on Dec.13, 14 and 15. The class will take place at the Maryville Police Department located at the Maryville Municipal Center, 400 West Broadway Avenue. The Dec. 13 and 14 classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. The final class on Dec. 15 will take place at Maryville High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 3-day, twelve hour course is part of the Police Department’s Community Policing program to citizens. This class will also include accommodations for the hearing impaired. The objective of the course is to develop and enhance options of self-defense to a woman who is attacked. The class will be hosted by the Maryville Police Department and taught by certified RAD instructors. Advance registration is required due to the limited class size. Those interested must come to the Maryville Police Department to register. For details call Sgt. Jason Barham at 865-977-6964.
Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center -- is taking tax deductible donations of a minimum of $10 for Ball of Hope Holiday Ornaments. All are one-of-a-kind ornaments, painted by volunteers of the center to support their efforts to help the victims of child abuse. Each one is individually boxed with a hand-tied bow and ready for giving.
Blount County Business Hugs For Soldiers organization --is collecting packages for the Christmas for a Soldier campaign. Anyone interested in helping our soldiers can make a package using a gallon-size Ziplock bag lined with Christmas paper and filled with goodies and a card. Drop off packages at Lisa Thomas Salon on Sanderson St. in Alcoa. There are over 600 soldiers waiting to be adopted by patriotic citizens. For more information, call Lisa Thomas at 865-982-0527 or contact Kathy Orcutt at Kathy@hugsforsoldiers.org.
Cycology Bicycles -- is offering Yoga for Cyclists. Classes meet at 6:30 a.m., each Tuesday and Thursday at Cycology Bicycles, located at 2408 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. For information call 865-681-4183.
Christian support group for women with a history of childhood sexual abuse -- meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m., on the first Sunday of each month at a private location in Blount County. There is no charge for participation. For more information contact Tracie Walker, LCSW at 865-719-4709.
Adult Children Anonymous – a 12- Step support group for adults who grew up in homes with dysfunction such as alcoholism, addiction, workaholism, abandonment, neglect, abuse, etc. Meetings are free, non-smoking, anonymous and confidential. Meets Sundays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church, downtown Maryville. For more information contact 865-850-8792.